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Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton has just finished her first year as a BSc (Hons) Sociology student; she tells us why she thinks studying at the University of Sunderland will benefit her for the rest of her life.

I had always heard nothing but praise about the University of Sunderland and as soon as I walked in on my first open day I felt at ease – there was an upbeat vibe from both the lecturers and current students. It was apparent that all of the lecturers I spoke to thoroughly enjoy their role and the University as a whole has the students best interest at heart and strives to help them succeed. It was clear from the start that the lecturers will go above and beyond to help and truly want the best for their students.

There are so many opportunities at the University and they are always looking for ways to improve and genuinely appreciate student voices – that basically sums up the University, putting student's needs first and continuously trying to better itself. The sociology lecturers are fantastic and take pride in delivering the course. Each module is so unique and the lecturers use their own creative ideas to teach the module in numerous ways. I love how everything is up to date – if a major social event happens at midnight, by 9am there will be a full lecture prepared on it – which shows just how passionate they are about what they do.

The best thing about the course is that there are so many options and if you are unsure on what path you want to take, you can pick modules in different subjects such as Health and Social Care or Criminology. There is such a variety; you are not restricted to a certain route! The course covers so many aspects of society and is a real eye opener but in a good way. The support on the course is excellent and there is every book you could possibly need in the library to help.

Overall, I think the best part about studying Sociology is the understanding you gain for all paths of life – it really does challenge your mind and makes you grow as a person. I would 100% recommend the University of Sunderland to other students. Whether you’re moving away from home or living in the local area, the University makes you feel at ease and there is such a friendly vibe around the campuses. All the support you could possibly need is here and they really do put students first.

Being from the Sunderland area, I know numerous people who have studied at the University and I have heard nothing but great experiences which really does speak for itself. I would advise anyone looking to study here to attend the open days and chat to the lecturers. I think you get a feel for a place so go with your gut instinct and remember everyone on your course has a mutual interest – this gives you the chance to engage and build great friendships.

I have just finished my first year and by learning about different aspects of society there are now jobs that would never have crossed my mind that I realise appeal to me now. I don’t have a particular career path I’m certain on right now but social work, HR and probation are all paths I am interested in. However, I know once I have finished the course I will have been guided in the right direction to a career that is best suited to me.

My experience studying at the University of Sunderland has been a positive start to a journey that is only going to get better and benefit me for the rest of my life."

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